Frontier Refining, El Dorado KS, Coke Drum Insulation


Chicago Bridge and Iron provided the mechanical design and construction work on a Crude Unit and Vacuum Unit Expansion at the Frontier Refinery in El Dorado, KS.

This project increased crude change rates, achieved higher yields of gasoline and distillates and allows Frontier to run heavier rates of heavy crude.

As part of the refinery modernization, CB&I performed an upgrade on the refinery’s Delayed Coker which included the installation of two new Coke Drums.

This is where Insulations, Inc. came in. The Insulating of Coke Drums requires knowledge of how to install an insulation system that will allow for the expansion and contraction of the Coke Drums as they cycle from ambient to several hundred degrees then back to ambient two and three times a day.

Insulations, Inc. had successfully insulated several sets of Coke Drums, at different refineries, before being awarded the Insulation work at Frontier Refining.

The Frontier Refining Coke Drums we insulated were featured on the cover of Hydrocarbon Engineering.

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